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31st July 2017
The Bard

The Bard

It’s said that for every great champion, there has to have an equally matched adversary. For Ali there was Joe Frazier, for Arkle it was Mill House, whilst Mill Reef and Brigadier Gerard had each other. Things were no different a hundred and thirty years ago, Ormonde has often laid claim to be greatest horse of the 19th Century. Apart from completing the Triple Crow…

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26th July 2017
A Royal winner of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

A Royal winner of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

A bright chestnut of 16 hands with a white blaze and three white socks, Aureole was bred by King George VI. The beautifully bred colt was sired by Hyperion out of Angelola. After The King’s death in February 1952, ownership passed to Her Majesty The Queen.  The colt was temperamental and excitable, traits which illuminated his future racing career and were typical…

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26th July 2017
First dual  winner of  the  King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

First dual winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Dahlia (1970) was from the first crop of Vaguely Noble out of Charming Alibi. She was American owned and bred and sent by her owner, Texan oil tycoon Nelson Bunker Hunt, to be trained in Chantilly by Maurice Zilber.  Her performances on an international stage over five seasons established her as one of the major globetrotting horses of the 20th century. The race that…

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19th July 2017
The Golfers

The Golfers

In the Packard Galleries, Palace House, one of the most celebrated paintings of golf is on display. On loan from the National Galleries of Scotland, namely The Golfers, by Charles Lees, produced in 1847. It is a timely reminder that the largest golf tournament in the world, the Open Championship is happening soon. The Open was first held in 1860 and later this week R…

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7th July 2017
A Cricket Match at Mary-le-bone Fields

A Cricket Match at Mary-le-bone Fields

A Lord’s Test Match is one of the highlights of the British Sporting summer. The first Test at ‘the home of cricket’ was held in 1884 and this week Marylebone Cricket Club, 'MCC' as they are commonly known hosts the 1st Test of a four match series between England and South Africa. The famous grounds we know today, however,  is actually the third incarnation of …

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25th June 2017
Behind the Scenes with our Conservator

Behind the Scenes with our Conservator

Have you ever looked at an object on display and wondered about the processes to get it there? Our Conservator Juliane Gregg explains more.  Every object has a limited lifespan and it is my role as a Conservator to extend that lifespan as long as possible. This can be through both interventive and preventive methods. Interventive conservation deals with the hands on…

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24th June 2017
Brown Jack

Brown Jack

The final race of the Royal Ascot meeting on Saturday is the Queen Alexandra Stakes.  The race, first run in 1865, as the Alexandra Stakes is the longest race in the British racing calendar over 2 miles 5 ½ furlongs. Angela Durrant a volunteer at the National Heritage Centre and the museum’s Stephen Wallis take a look back at the hugely popular career of Brown Jac…

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2nd June 2017
The Women's Derby

The Women's Derby

To horse racing devotees when you mention ‘The Coronation Derby’ thoughts immediately turn to 1953, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Pinza and Gordon Richards winning his first and only Derby, at the 28th attempt.  However, only 16 years earlier, and barely three weeks after being crowned, King George VI graced Epsom on an identical occasion.  Though, unlike his …

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1st June 2017
Dunfermline - A Royal Champion

Dunfermline - A Royal Champion

1977 A Golden Year for Her Majesty - We look back at the dual Classic winning filly, Dunfermline. 1977 must have felt like all the planets had aligned, England defeated Australia in the Ashes Test Series, Liverpool won the European Cup and Red Rum won a record breaking third Grand National, whilst the Queen in her Silver Jubilee year famously landed two classics. Br…

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22nd May 2017
Epsom Derby winner Hermit - 150 years on

Epsom Derby winner Hermit - 150 years on

Where they are now? 'Where are they now?' is a topical question posed in many sporting articles.  150 years ago on Wednesday 22 May 1867 Hermit recorded a dramatic neck victory in the Derby at Epsom. An old blog, ( The Adventures of Hermit, Two Aristocrats, and a Lady) covers one of the most extraordinary stories in the Derby’s 237 year history.  A sensational t…

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